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March 18, 1992

The Brain Has a Mind of Its Own: Insights From a Practicing Neurologist

Author Affiliations

Harvard Medical School Beth Israel Hospital Boston, Mass

JAMA. 1992;267(11):1541-1542. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480110133046

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Richard Restak, a prominent practicing neurologist in Washington, DC, has the good fortune to manipulate the pen with as much ability as he does the neurological hammer! He has become well known to the lay public through his excellent popularization of the most complex of all human organs, the brain. It should be added that, although his book was written for the intelligent layperson, it has helped many medical students and young neurologists to understand the form and function of the nervous system.

The current volume deals considerably more with what one might call the psychiatric functions of the brain as opposed to its role in regulating motor activity and interpreting sensory information. It consists of a number of essays, which exhibit an extraordinary and fascinating breadth and depth of knowledge of the intricacies and interrelationships of brain function and human behavior. It is inevitable that in nearly all essays